CITY OF SPOKANE, WA
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA 99201
CLASS SUMMARY BACKGROUND The City of Spokane is committed to supporting strategies and initiatives that create a healthy community where all people can feel safe, empowered and welcome within our city boundaries and the larger region. The City Council, Mayor of Spokane, City staff, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private partners, and our residents must work together to advance public welfare by ensuring that equity and inclusion are top priorities in the work we do. The Manager of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives ("Manager") plays a key role in this commitment through managing research teams and stakeholder groups and conducting independent research, policy analysis, report-writing and public engagement on issues impacting less-represented communities and find ways to incorporate more people in the policy-making process. NATURE OF WORK The Manager develops equity and inclusion policies for consideration by the City Council to adopt as the official policies of the City of Spokane, and provides advice and briefings to City Council members and associated staff on new policies and the potential equity-related impacts of proposed and current policies. The Manager will place a special emphasis on criminal justice reform. They do this by managing stakeholder groups and research teams, and evaluating, researching and consulting with stakeholders on various policies and practices, and will provide recommendations for City Council consideration. The Manager must be an excellent problem solver, capable of analysing the pros and cons of a particular policy option, understanding the implications a proposed policy has on the City's budget, and managing large stakeholder groups. They must also know about, or be able to quickly learn, the policy cycle (how new policies are passed) and the mechanics of local government. The Manager supervises research teams and other analysts to provide quantitative and qualitative evidence that supports policy recommendations. This includes conducting research and analysis on public policy and funding issues, evaluating proposed policy initiatives, and staying current on the latest research available. The Manager will collaborate with the City Council Members and their Legislative Assistants, the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs, department heads, City employees, County criminal justice partners, government officials, neighborhood councils, city residents, and other internal and external stakeholders. SUPERVISION This "at-will" position performs with considerable independence and is appointed and may be discharged by the City Council, with day-to-day supervision provided by the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs and the City Council President. EXAMPLES OF JOB FUNCTIONS In this role you will have the opportunity to: Plan, coordinate, facilitate and manage stakeholder working groups and research teams to support related City Council priorities, including delegating tasks when needed Evaluate the impact of new or proposed legislation on City resources and policy goals Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions, make recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication Review policy language for accuracy and understanding by constituents Manage administrative aspects of projects (e.g., timelines and resources) Write, compile and edit proposals and project reports Prepare and deliver oral presentations summarizing key elements of analysis and recommendations Work closely with regional partners to overhaul and improve the regional criminal justice system to create better outcomes and reduce institutional and systemic bias within that system. REQUIREMENTS Ability to: Manage and motivate volunteer advisory groups in identified subject areas Facilitate large groups with differing opinions and diverse cultural backgrounds Identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current methodologies and frameworks Utilize specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities; the position serves as the City Council subject matter expert on equity and inclusion issues Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, including the ability to express complex business, financial and regulatory concepts in clear and concise language for the City Council, City officials, City staff, and the general public; including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivation Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable academic research, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures Work effectively in situations where conflicting viewpoints exist Build open communication and dialog in diverse settings Work with and leads project teams Make independent judgments and operate with minimal supervision MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, is qualifying. Generally this will include: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work related to Public Policy, Political Science, Social Science, Equity and Diversity, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or Law; AND Three (3) years' progressively responsible analytical experience, including experience in policy development, organizational change, and strategic planning in the public or private sector. A Master's degree in Public Administration or Social Work, or field related to area of assignment, may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience Preference given for experience in the following areas: Experience in government research, public policy and proposal preparation Knowledge of principles and practices of equity and inclusion, including current literature and recent developments in these areas Experience working with and coordinating with stakeholders, Tribes, local partners and state agencies PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is conducted primarily in an office setting but may include visits to external agencies and business locations. It also involves frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted outside of regular work schedule, to include some irregular hours. Employee is expected to communicate verbally, in person and by telephone. A computer terminal is used and this requires the use of repetitive arm-hand movements. BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS: Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of assigned functions through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as: listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Be respectful, courteous, and friendly to community members, other City employees, and City leaders. Consistently perform as a team player that helps the organization meet its objectives. Take initiative to meet work objectives. Effectively communicate with community members and other City employees. Maintain positive relationships with co- workers and managers. Positively represent the City, maintaining the trust City residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrate honest and ethical behavior.